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Over 700 Graduate Norwalk Community College

NCC graduates class of 2015 Thursday afternoon

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Norwalk, CT | Added on May 21, 2015 At 10:00 PM

"Yes it's tough out there, but you have a competitive advantage and never forget about it," said Norwalk Community College President Dr. David Levinson. "You are NCC graduates, and no one will ever take that away from you."  

Over 700 students graduated at Norwalk Community College's 53rd annual commencement exercises outside the college's West Campus Thursday afternoon. This year school officials say over 60 percent of the graduates were the first in their families to graduate college. 

"Think of the students you have met while at the college," said Levinson. "Students from over 80 different nations, speaking 50 languages the majority of you being people of color representing the beautiful diversity of our nation."   

"It's all about life-long learning," said Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Chair Nicholas Donofrio. "This is what you're going to have to do for the rest of your life. Now is not the time to simply say that's done. It's never done. The world continues to change and I expect you to be able to change right along with it." 

NCC was the first public two year college established in Connecituct in 1961. Since then it has grown expanding its choice of academics to a greater number of students each year. Two graduates spoke on how their experience at NCC will impact them for the rest of their lives.

"As an individual with Asperger's syndrome, I learned about how to to socialize, how to network as well as the subjects too," said class speaker Joshua Kleinwaks. "I want to galvanize many students to continue on."

"I represent all of you, who stay up late at night doing homework and have to wake up early to go to work," said class speaker Vicky Yanez. "I represent those who took time away from their families because it was time to be a student and finish a project. I represent those whose weekends didn't exist because there was no time to have a social life and to all of you who never stopped dreaming." 

 


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